Youth training agreement with Fedhasa extended

2018-06-14 06:00

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department will extend its Memorandum of Agreement with the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (Fedhasa) Cape.

The agreement, originally signed in 2016 for workplace training for 20 young people, will now see 50 new candidates follow the same path to potential permanent employment.

In 2016, the City and Fedhasa signed an agreement for a pilot project that saw 20 young people placed with various Fedhasa members to gain valuable on-the-job experience. Seven of the participants eventually secured permanent employment.

Now, the pilot project has paved the way for 50 candidates who will participate in phase two of the agreement, starting in July, says the city.

The candidates will be selected from the City’s transversal youth development database of young people who have already completed work and employment readiness training initiated by the City.

In terms of the Memorandum of Agreement, Fedhasa will initiate and follow its own training criteria and framework to accomplish the objective of enhancing the participants’ chances of permanent employment, while the City will pay them a stipend from Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) funding.

“A benefit of partnerships such as this is that the work experience and training gained during the period of subsidised work improves longer-term employment prospects,” said Jean-Pierre Smith, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services.

“Youth unemployment remains a major concern countrywide and impacts negatively on the welfare of young people. It is for this reason that we need to create job opportunities through partnerships with the private sector for the benefit of our youth.”

He said 100 names will be selected from the City’s Transversal Youth Development’s database.

Smith says all prospective candidates must also be registered on the City’s jobseeker’s database as per the City’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) policy.

He said the selection criteria will include a character trait assessment, to ensure the youth selected not only fit into the hospitality industry, but show an interest in working in the industry.

Smith also said 50 young people will then be selected to participate in the 12-month programme, which includes a one-week induction period focusing on the industry and outlining the objectives and expectations linked to the programme.

“Once candidates are placed, they’ll be mentored against a list of agreed outcomes with quarterly progress evaluations,” he said.

“The overarching aim is to ensure candidates are absorbed either temporarily or permanently into the hospitality industry at the end of the programme.”

The programme aligns with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, as it creates the potential for economic inclusion.

Participants from phase one received either full-time employment, internships or contracts at various businesses, such as CPU Fedics, Southern Sun Waterfront, Peninsula All Suite Hotel and Sanlam Food Court.

“This is but one initiative underway to improve the prospects of young people in our city,” Smith said. “We are also in the third year of our #YouthstartCT entrepreneurship challenge and we also do ongoing youth capacity-building and workplace skills training.

“I am heartened by the continuation of this partnership with Fedhasa and I call on other industries to consider similar undertakings if they haven’t already set the ball rolling. An investment in our young people is a much-needed investment in a more prosperous future for all.”


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